Food - Beverage, Rome
This is a place for people that really look for excellent food. It is a small kiosk inside the Gianicolense market in Rome. It is managed by a university law professor with the passion of food and his compaign.
What to buy: I cannot tell you what to eat as most products change with the season but I can assure you that all over the year they fry the best Arancini you have ever eaten, yes even if you ate them in Sicily. If you are around there in november they have the Arancini with white truffle which are really something you will not forget.
According to a legend, the name of this square derives from Flora; a woman loved by Pompeo, or maybe because there was a field of flowers in XV century in this area. Campo de' Fiori (in Romanesque dialect) means literally field of flowers.
This is a nice square with some cafes, restaurants and shops. Every morning, until 1. 30 p.m. a food market is held here. There are also clothes on sale here.
The big statue you see in the center of the square represents Giordano Bruno. He was a philosopher burnt at stake for heresy in the 1600.
What to buy: Food and other things.
We didn't see any "farmers markets" in Rome but this was pretty close to that. Located at the Circus Maximus, we happened upon it trying get back towards the Colosseo metro station after walking around a bit. It's held every Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am - 7pm.
They have cured meats, sausages, cheese, juice, fruits, breads, truffle spreads, honey, flowers and much more!
This is one the more known, famous area, old section of Rome but heavily touristic and prices to match. It is the area for the trendy youngs to come here at night too according to the local friends there.
What to buy: fruits are good in summer but it has all kinds of food items on display in several stands
What to pay: prices to match tourist area
This is a wonderful local food market at via ancona corner with Alessandria that we found on our daily walks into the real Roma. We were looking for villa albani area and stumbled upon it.
In a classic wrought iron structure dating to the early 1900s. Near the Porto Pia gate, and adjacent to an ex-Peroni beer factory, which has recently been restructured into a a quaint shopping area, housing, among other shops, a branch of the Coin department store.
Inside there were stalls on fruits, vegetables, cheeses ,and wines really nice with many locals making their summer purchases. A nice find on what we came to see the daily life of the people and share the places with them.
We had some peaches for the long walk and water and off we went elsewhere.
What to buy: fruits look very fresh and tasty,the peaches were great!
What to pay: best prices from local farmer producers who come here to sell their harvests
this is another chain locally drawn of grocery stores ,it seems cheaper prices and quality, right at the piazza bologna 60, near metro bologna just around the corner.
it has all you need for your stay as far as groceries, sundry items, and good transportation to get on and off. Its an experience to shop with the locals and live your vacation as one local member.
some of the fun of visiting these places is just that you inmerse into the local culture and habits.
What to buy: groceries of course
What to pay: better prices found here but the brand names are less
what better than to find a familiar name so close to the apartment in Nomentana district, the store is nice, friendly staff, all eager to help, right on main road viale XXI Aprile , and fully stock with all the goodies you need for a nice dinner at "home";
We like the fact to eat and try many varieties of pasta and the local white wines and beers lol!
What to buy: groceries of course, good Italian food to take home.
What to pay: good prices as this is a local grocery store part of the French group Carrefour.
Well, this is about where to shop in general, not any specific store. Finding a Supermarket is actually quite difficult in Rome, if you don't know where to look. Staying slightly outside the center (in Magliani), we had to take a Tube into town just to buy general goods. In town as well, it's not much easier, though we did eventually find that most Supermarkets can be found in Termini station, or that area.
What to buy: Well, anything relly, though crazily enough the Chemist shop we found had completely run out of all their disposable razors - you can buy these in Tabacchi shops.
What to pay: Much cheaper than any F&B outlet. And mean, MUCH CHEAPER.
We love checking the local markets in every city and in Rome the most popular is Campo de Fiori which was great to visit. It is full of colorful fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers with many visitors, locals and tourists. They also have many seeds, herbs, some cheese and many other useful and tasty things for a great lunch at home although if you staying in a hotel wont really need anything. We spent some time enjoying the perfumes but we also bought some fruits for the road
The square took its name (field of flowers) in middle ages when it was a meadow! There are cafes facing the market where you can sit and enjoy the people passing by.
“Let not your mind run on what you lack as much as on what you have already.”
— Emperor Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180)
Moriondo & Gariglio is the oldest chocolate shop in Rome. It began business operations in 1850 when the first shop was founded in Turin as the chocolatier to the House of Savoy, Italy’s royal family. When Vittorio Emmanuel and his Court and family moved to Rome following the country’s unification Moriondo & Gariglio followed, opening a branch in the new capital.
Its recipes have been handed down for generations over the company’s 100+ year history. The chocolates are hand made on the premises.
We visited this old-world shop, with its red walls, dark wood trim and glass shelves lining the wall, at day’s end; the shop was empty of customers. We could take our time with our selections; samples were even offered. Nothing is prepackaged; anything you want will be boxed by hand by the sweet, non-English-speaking staff. But do not worry: this is chocolate, a universal language! Chocolates are not the only confections for sale; those made from almonds, chestnuts, and other nuts are also very good.
Since we decided to rent an apartment while vacationing in Rome, we wanted to find a supermarket where the locals shop for groceries, fresh fruit and veggies, etc.
Di per Di was the place that served this purpose while we were in town. It is very popular with locals and you will not find too many tourists here. The store is not very big (nothing is big in Rome), but it carries a large variety of meat and meat produce, dairy, veggies and fruit, bread and baked goods, juices, house cleaners, deodorants, etc. We got very tasty fruit from here, several natural juices (sugar free and no preservatives in them), excellent cheese (a variety of them that were fresh and tasted extraordinary) and excellent panettone (chocolate filled ones, with dried fruit, etc).
There are several locations in Rome, but we shopped at the one located close to the Pantheon, few steps away from Via del Gesu.
What to buy: groceries, local sweets and breads, local cheese and local salamis
A few years ago, as a student, I was in Rome with my backpack and a tent, it was really budget trip. Now, when I live here I can see that you can eat good and cheap while in Rome.
First of all, make your own grocery shopping in a local NEGOZIO DI ALIMENTARI (Grocery shop). You can buy great bread, cheese, prosciutto - ham , tomatoes for 10 Euro and have a nice picnic for at least 4 people. There are 1000 of amazing places to sit and make a picnic. Go to Villa Borghese or Piazza Farnese. (Just bring with you a knife, a small table cloth etc.)
You can buy also for lunch a slice of pizza in PIZZA al TAGLIO for 3Euro per person.
Try to buy sandwiches not in a bar (at least 3-4 Euro) but in PANETTERIA 2Euro (a bread store).
If you feel like going to restaurant, go for a tourist menu, I've seen prices 8-10 Euro close to Pantheon, Borgo Pio area.
Or go to TAVOLA CALDA , kind of Italian fast food, but very tasty. Everything is pre made and you can choose what you like, prices 5 Euro per dish. Lot's of bars, have a section of Tavola Calda.
Right now if I were on a budget trip to Rome I could live on 10 Euro per day, but to have a treat from time to time better count 20Euro.
You do not have to buy water it's potable from the fountains.
Remember, if you sit in a bar everything is more expensive.
The same for elegant restaurants if you sit outside you can pay more, better ask before.
The service is usually included, 1-2Euro per person, so most often you do not have to leave extra tip.
What's important, Gelato - Italian ice-cream cost 2Euro and you can not miss it!!!!
Do you remember this quote from the 5th Element? It was from the beginning of the movie. An archeologist is about to discover the secrets of the hieroglyphs. Then a priest comes and he offers a toast for his discovery. This is the scene I first heard the name of Grappa.
This is a sweet and strong alcoholic beverage. I waited to taste it until my travel to Italy because I couldn’t find it in Turkey.
You can buy grappa in any market. I bought mine from a market on the highway.
Where to buy wine in Rome? Trimani
Trimani is one of the most amazing shops i have ever seen with so many different varierties and plenty of different vintages to choose from the same producer.
As we all know we cannot carry on liquids on the plane, so mention at the store that and they will sell you relatively cheap foam boxes, which are perfect for storing wines in the suitcase (and you will be able to reuse those boxes in the future).
One more tip: if you buy wines non taxable you will have to claim that money in the airport and of course we did not even think about it and checked everything in and once inside the gate we could not claim out money for the tax. So we found out you can actually claim before you check in, there is a kiosk outside where to show them the product.
What to buy: This it the place to stock up on excellent Italian wines. The customer service there is ok (just like anywhere in Italy) so you must come prepared! Do some research on Italian wines, best years and recommended wine makers, because it's very overwhelming which one to choose once you are there.
What to pay: well it can range from 10 - 1000 euros (probably more)
This place will make you feel differently about biscotti and cookies in general. The location is a bit tough to find (with the way things are numbered in Rome), it's hidden in one of the alleys and it does not even look like something nice and fancy outside. Once inside it just looks like you entered a big kitchen and you tell the cashier which cookies you want.
What to buy: We ended up buying a mix of everything, 2 of each, so we could try everything in the store.
Originally we bought it to bring some back to USA, but they were so good and fresh, we ended up eating them on the way back to hotel and the next day on the plane